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Mississippi River Commission in Vicksburg August 21

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This story has been updated to include potential questions and registration requirements to speak at the meeting.

The Mississippi River Commission, headquartered in Vicksburg, announced that it will hold four public meetings in August on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flagship towboat, the motor vehicle Mississippi.

Commission members will meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. All meetings are open to the public. Interested parties are invited to present their views on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley, including flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, and other water resources challenges.

All meetings will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 12:30 p.m. The scheduled stops on the Mississippi River are:

August 19—Caruthersville, Mo., city front

August 20—Helena, Ark., Helena Harbor boat ramp;

August 21—Vicksburg, city front; and

August 23—Baton Rouge, La., city dock.

For more information, call 601-634-5768.

Each speaker must register to speak at the meetings, and you can download the registration form from this link. Speakers will be limited to five minutes. Other speaker requirements:

• To register to speak, email the registration form to cemvd-ex@usace.army.mil, prior to the public meeting.
• Fill out a separate registration form for each person who will give testimony at the public meeting.
• Arrive 30 minutes prior to the meeting. Name tags will be prepared based on information provided.
• Copies of the registration form are acceptable.

If you plan to attend regarding the Yazoo Pumps project, a concerned Vicksburg Daily News reader suggests that you press for answers to these questions:

  1. What are you doing right now to finish the pumps?
  2. What percentage of USACE’s total budget it spent on research and development to develop innovative ways to help with flood control?

The MRC, established in 1879 by an act of Congress, provides water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the administration, Congress and the U.S. Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian provinces by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. The intent behind the mission of the MRC today is the same as the mission placed on the commission upon its creation—to lead sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and the people’s well-being.

In its current capacity, the Mississippi River Commission is charged with prosecuting the comprehensive river management program known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.

Updated to include speaking information.

 

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‘Celebrating the Muse Legacy’ to honor retiring Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse

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Dr. Clyde Muse

The legacy of retiring Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse will be celebrated at a fundraising event Feb. 20 with proceeds going toward the Muse Legacy Endowment.

The “Celebrating the Muse Legacy” event is at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl starting at 11:30 a.m. Individual tickets are $100 each with a series of sponsorship levels and benefits available for groups.

“The Muse Legacy Endowment has been established by friends of Dr. Muse to honor him and support those endeavors near to his heart – No. 1 being students, No. 2 being faculty and staff and No. 3 being the communities that we serve,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation in a statement. “He is known as someone with a big heart for all people and lives out his value of ‘servant leader.’”

Dr. Muse announced to the Board of Trustees at its Dec. 4, 2019, meeting his intention to retire on June 30, 2020, after 42 years as chief of the college and 68 years as an educator.

Muse became president of then-Hinds Junior College on July 1, 1978. He is the longest-serving community college president in Mississippi history and among the longest-serving college presidents in the nation. He is often called the “Godfather” of Mississippi community colleges for his committed vision in moving all the colleges forward, not just Hinds Community College, and his ability to assemble diverse groups of stakeholders to bring a project to fruition for the benefit of all. He has been the architect of many partnerships with business and industry, especially for workforce projects.

Most of all, he is known for his love for and dedication to the students the college serves and its employees. Early in his presidency, he coined the term “The College for All People” while working to ensure all Mississippians have the opportunity for a quality, affordable and accessible higher education.

A native of Benton County and a preacher’s son, Muse is a graduate of East Central Community College, Delta State University and Mississippi State University. He was a teacher and coach in Canton and Starkville before becoming a principal in Starkville and then school superintendent in Hinds County from 1969 to 1971 and Meridian from 1971 to 1978. He served a total of 26 years in K-12 public education in Mississippi, including leading Hinds County schools through desegregation in 1970.

His accomplishments at the college since then are vast. Over the last 42 years, Dr. Muse has improved infrastructure at all six Hinds locations, guiding two branches that began as vocational-technical centers into comprehensive campuses, the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center and the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, which recently opened the George-Oakes Building. Nursing and allied health programs moved from the Raymond Campus to Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center in 1982.

The Rankin Campus on Highway 80 in Pearl began in 1983 with vocational-technical programs for the county’s nine public high schools. The size of the campus more than doubled in 2007 with the addition of 60 acres of land on the south end of the campus bordering Interstate 20. The Garner family donated 20 acres and the Rankin County Board of Supervisors bought another 40 acres of behalf of the college. The Clyde Muse Center, where the event is being held, is located on the additional property. Opened in 2011, its construction was funded by the taxpayers of Rankin County through the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Muse also oversaw the expansion of the Raymond Campus across Highway 18 to Seven Springs Road where agricultural programs are housed at the Ted Kendall III Agricultural Complex. As the demand increased for business and industry training, Eagle Ridge Conference Center opened in 1996.

For more information, call 601-857-3630 or email jgranberry@hindscc.edu. Anyone wishing to donate can also do so online at foundation.hindscc.edu/Muselegacy.

The college is also compiling a memory book to present to Dr. Muse upon his retirement. Anyone wishing to send a personal message or share a remembrance can mail a letter to Hinds Community College Foundation, c/o Muse Memories, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, Miss. 39154 or email to jgranberry@hindscc.edu. The deadline for submission is April 30.

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Military Park closes Grant Avenue due to storm damage

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Grant Avenue within Vicksburg National Military Park is closed to all motor vehicles and pedestrians. The road closure is due to extremely dangerous road conditions caused by the recent heavy rains and is effective immediately.

“This is a dangerous situation,” said Park Superintendent Bill Justice in a statement. “For their safety, we strongly recommend that people stay away from this area.”

The rest of the park remains open for motor vehicle and pedestrian use.

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MDWFP orders emergency closure of hunting season on Mahannah and Phil Bryant WMAs

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks:

PURSUANT TO the authority set forth in Miss. CODE ANN. §49-1-29( a), the Executive Director, with the approval of the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, hereby finds that the unusually heavy rainfall during the month of December 2019 and January 2020, has resulted in extraordinarily high water levels and backwater flooding in the (Mississippi) South Delta.

The Executive Director finds that rising backwater from the Steele Bayou will soon inundate the Mahannah WMA headquarters, main entrance roads, and ATV trails. The Executive Director further finds that the high water levels present an imminent threat and peril to the public health, safety, welfare, and infrastructure, and that deer and small game hunting opportunities should be set aside and/or closed until the waters recede.

Effective January 14, 2020, areas set forth below shall be closed to all hunting except waterfowl.

• Mahannah Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waterfowl draw hunts are hereby canceled. Any associated areas within the Phil Bryant WMA, open to waterfowl draw hunts, are also hereby closed.
• Mahannah WMA will be open to waterfowl hunting DAILY.
• All hunting shall end at noon.
• Access will be managed on a day to day basis as the conditions change or permit.
• All portions of Mahannah WMA will be open to waterfowl hunting EXCEPT the waterfowl sanctuary.
• The main access road to the WMA headquarters is currently closed.

SO ORDERED, this the 14th day of January 2020.

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